I have given presentations in libraries, bookstores and retirement homes across Ontario as part of a panel of crime writers and solo. I have also spoken to historical societies.
My solo presentations include:
-“Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice”. This presentation is built around my book of the same title, which looked at the tragic case of a small-town Ontario teenager wrongfully convicted of murder in 1959.
-“Good Tales About Bad Men”. This presentation is centered on my books about Edwin Alonzo Boyd and The Black Donnellys. Edwin Boyd headed a group of bank-robbing bandits dubbed the Boyd Gang, who conducted several successful heists and broke out of Toronto’s Don Jail twice. The Donnellys were a large, brawling Irish-Canadian family who lived near London, Ontario in the 19th Century and engaged in a decades-long feud with their neighbours, with tragic consequences.
-“La Cosa Nostra”. This presentation is based around my book about the American Mafia, and looks at the rise of the United States’ most notorious criminal underworld. In addition to detailing the origins of the American Mafia, I discuss legal initiatives designed to combat the mob, such as the RICO statute, wiretapping and witness protection.
-“The Big Bosses”. This presentation looks at gang leaders from the past such as Dutch Schultz, Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Johnny Torrio, Dion O’Banion and Arnold Rothstein. I discuss how Prohibition turned street-corner thugs into millionaire mob bosses and instituted a wave of lawlessness, particularly in Chicago and New York City. This presentation is based around my books about American gangsters, Dutch Schultz and Al Capone.
-“Creative Non-Fiction”. I gave a guest lecture on this topic at the Oneonta, New York campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) on March 8, 2012.
I am available for presentations anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area. I generally speak for one hour, charge reasonable rates and don’t require any special equipment for my talks. Please contact me if you are interested in booking me to speak at your library, school, seniors residence or other facility: firstname.lastname@example.org.